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 English Proverbs and Sayings  


Alphabetical lists of proverbs and sayings - list R

 List R  :  from: "all roads lead to Rome"   to: "rotten apple"  


  • (All) roads lead to Rome
    • An objective can be achieved in different ways.

  • Rats desert a sinking ship
    • People abandon a failing enterprise when problems develop.

  • Reason does not come before years.
    • Wisdom and maturity come with age. Young people lack common sense.

  • Respect is greater from a distance.
    • A person who keeps themselves apart from others is more likely to be respected.

  • Revenge is a dish best served cold
    • Vengeance is often more satisfying if it is exacted after time has passed.

  • Revenge is sweet.
    • There is satisfaction in returning an injury.

  • (A) rising tide lifts all boats.
    • A growing economy will lead to beneficial conditions for all.

  • (The) road to hell is paved with good intentions.
    • It is not enough to intend to do something, you must actually do it.

  • (A) rolling stone gathers no moss
    • If a person keeps moving from place to place, they gain neither friends nor possessions.
      Another interpretation is that, by moving often, one avoids being tied down!

  • Rome was not built in a day.
    • It takes time to a job properly. You should not expect to do it quickly.

  • (A) rotten apple spoils the barrel.
    • A dishonest or immoral person can have a bad influence on a group.

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